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IronSpirit Productions Tournament

    Sun, 2004-09-05 14:30 — Rebecca Motte

    Heads up to all you Submission Grappling fans out there............

    IronHeart Promotions, under the guidance and vision of owner Mr. Ray Thompson and his associate Mr. Tommy Seigler, has succeeded in "putting a new face" on the submission grappling scene. Submission grappling has failed to gain wide public support because it lacked the hard core excitement of the NHB/UFC events. Submission grappling has the reputation of playing the "points" scene - BOOOOORRRRING!!!!!!!!!!! Well, all you action fans out there that like to see the competitors "go for blood" step up to the ring ------- with IronHeart Promotions "new rules" - no points - NO STALLING ---- fighting for submission is the goal. IHP's tournaments are not for the weak spirited, let me tell you, these fighters have to be in excellent physical shape - able to turn it on wide open for the full 5 minutes therefore giving the crowd some heart stopping, hand wrenching, nail biting non stop action.

    According to the competitors that participated in the Tournament held on January 28, 2002 at Ray Thompson's Upstate Karate in Simpsonville SC, this was the best event, with the best level of competitors that they had been to. This is the first of four tournaments to be held in 2002 and sanctioned by the ISCF. The first three tournaments are qualifiers for regional title belt championships to be held at the end of 2002. Each winner, 1st through 4th place will earn points that will qualify them to fight for a title belt. The January 28th tournament started off with a "bang"; even without the striking and kicking, the excitement and action of these matches would give the UFC and PRIDE a run for their money. Over 60 competitors came from all over the southeast to test their skills and with a NINTY SIX percent submission rate - WOW these matches were white knuckled tense.

    Team Psychward from Hilton Head SC, started the action off with a "challenge" ---- Japanese Shooto - "we'll show the Brazilians that BJJ is NOT the only game in town". Let me tell you , they certainly made good on their promise, with flying arm bars, cartwheels, and flashy techniques that would make Pele's signature antics jealous. These guys were amazing. Brothers Muhsin and Beau Corbbrey's goals of fighting in the UFC and fighting in Japan will not be a hard goal to reach. I think I'll get their autographs now, because when I see them on Pay Per View, I'll sell them for lots of money!!!!! These guys are "ripped" and technically beautiful to watch!!!!

    Team Ground Zero - a fight club from Huntington WV - combines many different grappling styles in their training regime. They made a great showing, using more conventional arm bars and chokes but they kept the action rolling and breathtaking as well. Dustin Ware, the teams PR man, will be a judge for the upcoming Ohio Cage Fighting Championship. And, you could not meet a nicer guy than the team's instructor Ashley Lockwood, OUTSIDE the ring that is. Inside the competition ring - well NICE is not the word I would use.

    Team Anaconda came out in force. Competing under the Jacare Alliance Banner, they showed more of the traditional brazilian jiu-jitsu style and they certainly stepped up to the "Challenge" issued - Japan vs Brazil. These guys were muscled, dark and dangerous. I would have certainly thought twice before issuing the challenge. Professor Luis "Sucuri" Togno, a black belt instructor from Charlotte, NC, was there as coach and some of his signature moves were escapes that were actually submissions. Now, WHO would want to SIMPLY escape when they could submit as they are doing it??????? Wish I had a video camera, because even though I begged and pleaded, his fighters just simply would NOT do their moves in slow motion for me. I HATE it when there is no instant slow motion replay.

    Our home town team - Upstate Karate - trained by Mr. Ray Thompson, brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Mr Casey Oxendine, Marco Ruas Vale Tudo, came in fast and furious. Blake Grice and his opponent Scott Estrada, team Alliance, came out with pure determination. It didn't take long for these two to take it to the mat. Once there, the positions changed so often it was impossible to keep up with the movement. Finally Blake got the back position and attempted the rear choke. Scott had other things on his mind though, he tucked his chin and blocked the choke and started on his escape. Blake kept switching his hands, digging them in deeper each time until finally the TAP. Blake's second match teamed him up against Andrew "Sprout" Varney from Team Ground Zero. These two poured heart and soul into the fight, but finally Blake capitalized on Sprout`s attempted escape from the guard and turned it into a triangle choke. Blake`s goal is to compete NHB and from what I saw today, he`ll be on the scene in no time short. Joshua Domalgaski, a new comer on the scene with the heart of a lion, strutted his stuff today. His opponent Richard Romero from Mark Mills Columbia Martial Arts was up for the challenge. The match had so much rolling action and so many submission attempts it made me tired just watching. The two came out fighting from the word go, taking it to the ground in less than 3 seconds, attempting chokes - then escaping, attempting arm bars - then escaping, attempting rolling knee bars - then escaping, then quicker than the eye could see ---- A TAP. Submission by ankle lock, winner Josh.

    Of all the competitors today though, the ONE that stood out in my mind was a sole competitor - came by himself - no team - no coach - a mild mannered, soft spoken solitary warrior. This Ronin walked around all day long in a quiet relaxed manner, yellow cd player on his side, head phones on. When he stepped into the ring, he maintained the same quiet demeanor. Never got excited, never got flustered, just totally methodical and relaxed. I actually saw him turn 'purple' a couple of times as his aggressive opponents attempted choke after choke. Then out of the blue, with the quick precision of a snake striking it's prey, the strike hit it's mark and the opponent was tapping as ankle after ankle fell victim to this 'catch wrestlers' foot locks. Chris Rogers is this solitary warrior and ended up "king of the hill" as he took first place in his weight division and first place in absolute. He came to compete and he ‘kicked butt`, took his "gold cup" and went home. We'll see lots of this guy in the future, he is an exemplary fighter with beautiful control and precision techniques that would make the BEST grappler envious.

    My thanks goes out to IronHeart Promotions and the inspiration behind it - Mr. Ray Thompson. This was the most exciting grappling event I have been witness to. The goal of IronHeart Promotions is to bring the nonstop action and the "blood and guts" excitement of the NHB arena to the submission grappling game and from what I saw today - it was a success. I look foward to "bigger and better" and I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt it will happen, because I know Mr. Ray Thompson personally and he settles for nothing than the best of the best.

    See all of you on May 4th, 2002 - bring your friends - spread the word ---- this tournament series will become as prestigious as any grappling event around !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Complete Results

    No-Gi Novice
    Place 140 pounds and below Junior Lightweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    140.1 pounds - 155 pounds Light Welterweight
    First - 10 points Brandon Gay Team Psych-Ward
    Second - 8 points Fred Skelton Team Fulbright Boxing Club
    Third - 6 points Martin Williams
    Fourth - 4 points Chris Davis
    155.1 pounds - 170 pounds Light Middleweight
    First - 10 points Jason Miller
    Second - 8 points Jeffery Ingold Team Columbia Martial Arts Academy
    Third - 6 points Tony Cantrell
    Fourth - 4 points Brain Walker Team Fulbright Boxing Club
    170.1 pounds - 185 pounds Middleweight
    First - 10 points Blake Grice Team Upstate Karate
    Second - 8 points Andrew Varney Team Ground Zero
    Third - 6 points Scott Estrada Team Alliance / Sucuri Jiu-jitsu
    Fourth - 4 points Ben Favis
    185.1 pounds - 200 pounds Light Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Chad Peters American Martial Arts Academy
    Second - 8 points Jackie Page Team Upstate Karate
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    200.1 pounds - 220 pounds Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Caleb Arnold
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    220.1 pounds and up Super Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Dalero Berkeley Team Upstate Karate
    Second - 8 points Bruce Workman Team Ground Zero
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points

    No-Gi Advanced
    Place 140 pounds and below Junior Lightweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    140.1 pounds - 155 pounds Light Welterweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    155.1 pounds - 170 pounds Light Middleweight
    First - 10 points Muhsin Corbbrey Team Psych-Ward
    Second - 8 points Mark Mills Team Columbia Martial Arts Training Center
    Third - 6 points James Linic Team Upstate Karate
    Fourth - 4 points Bryan Atterson Team Ground Zero
    170.1 pounds - 185 pounds Middleweight
    First - 10 points Beau Corbbrey Team Psych-Ward
    Second - 8 points Tim Dunlap Team Ground Zero
    Third - 6 points Mike Robinson Team Upstate Karate
    Fourth - 4 points Eric Golden Team Psych-Ward
    185.1 pounds - 200 pounds Light Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Charles J Wispert Team Seigler's Kempo & Jiu-jitsu
    Second - 8 points Chris Cromer Team Upstate Karate
    Third - 6 points Larry Hodges
    Fourth - 4 points Nolan Dutcher Team Upstate Karate / Renzo Gracie BJJ Academy
    200.1 pounds - 220 pounds Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Ashley Lockwood Team Ground Zero
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    220.1 pounds and up Super Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Chris Rogers Shooters Gym
    Second - 8 points Tyler Lamonte Team-ROC
    Third - 6 points Dustin Ware Team Ground Zero
    Fourth - 4 points

    No-Gi Absolute
    Place
    First - 10 points Chris Rogers Shooters Gym
    Second - 8 points Eric Golden Team Psych-Ward
    Third - 6 points Dalero Berkeley Team Upstate Karate
    Fourth - 4 points Muhsin Corbbrey Team Psych-Ward

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    Gi Novice
    Place 140 pounds and below Junior Lightweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    140.1 pounds - 155 pounds Light Welterweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    155.1 pounds - 170 pounds Light Middleweight
    First - 10 points Josh Domagalski Team Upstate Karate
    Second - 8 points Richard Romero Team Columbia Martial Arts Training Center
    Third - 6 points Jeremiah Veloso Team Seigler's Kempo & Jiu-jitsu
    Fourth - 4 points Brantley Pope Team Columbia Martial Arts Training Center
    170.1 pounds - 185 pounds Middleweight
    First - 10 points Billy Fletcher Team Alliance / Jacare
    Second - 8 points Mike Horihan Team Knoxville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    Third - 6 points Scott Estrada Team Alliance / Sucuri Jiu-jitsu
    Fourth - 4 points
    185.1 pounds - 200 pounds Light Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Chad Peters American Martial Arts Academy
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    200.1 pounds - 220 pounds Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Trey Bailey Team Seigler's Kempo & Jiu-Jitsu
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    220.1 pounds and up Super Heavyweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points

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    Gi Advanced
    Place 140 pounds and below Junior Lightweight
    First - 10 points John Oliverio Sucuri Jiu-Jitsu / Team Ground Zero
    Second - 8 points Rusty Haun Team Cross Training Academy/Relson Gracie
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    140.1 pounds - 155 pounds Light Welterweight
    First - 10 points
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    155.1 pounds - 170 pounds Light Middleweight
    First - 10 points John Hosford Team Knoxville Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
    Second - 8 points James Linic Team Upstate Karate
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    170.1 pounds - 185 pounds Middleweight
    First - 10 points Charles M Wispert Sr Team Seigler's Kempo & Jiu-jitsu
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    185.1 pounds - 200 pounds Light Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Nolan Dutcher Team Upstate Karate / Renzo Gracie BJJ Academy
    Second - 8 points Larry Hodges
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    200.1 pounds - 220 pounds Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Bob Mynatt Sucuri Jiu-Jitsu / Team Alliance
    Second - 8 points
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points
    220.1 pounds and up Super Heavyweight
    First - 10 points Tyler Lamonte Team-ROC
    Second - 8 points Dustin Ware Team Ground Zero
    Third - 6 points
    Fourth - 4 points

    Back to Top

    Gi Absolute
    Place
    First - 10 points Chad Peters American Martial Arts Academy
    Second - 8 points Tyler Lamonte Team-ROC
    Third - 6 points Dustin Ware Team Ground Zero
    Fourth - 4 points

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